Sykes also blasted Smith’s decision to accept his Oscar after slapping Chris Rock. “Shouldn’t you be sitting there with a lawyer or LAPD, motherf**ker?”
Wanda Sykes still isn’t over that slap.
The comedian and Oscar’s co-host had a lot to say about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock on stage at the award ceremony while performing a stand-up comedy show in Orlando this week.
“I’m still traumatized,” Sykes said (via PEOPLE). “I can’t talk about it. I get emotional.”
But she did talk about it. Sykes went on to say that she was outraged that Smith was allowed to remain in the Dolby Theatre after the incident and accept his Oscar for Best Actor.
“I couldn’t believe he was still sitting there, like an asshole,” she said. “Shouldn’t you be sitting there with a lawyer or LAPD, motherfucker?”
While she is still upset, she admitted that Smith may have had some issues that contributed to the slap. “I hope he gets his shit together,” she said. “Until then, fuck him.”
As per Indiewire, this isn’t the first time Sykes has criticized Smith’s decision to remain in his seat following the slap.
“For them to let him stay in that room and enjoy the rest of the show and accept his award, I was like, ‘How gross is this? This is just the wrong message.’ You assault somebody, you get escorted out of the building and that’s it.
For them to let him continue, I thought it was gross,” she said soon after the Oscars, before joking that “I wanted to be able to run out after he won and say, ‘Unfortunately, Will couldn’t be here tonight.’”
The backlash to Smith’s slapping of Rock has been fierce, with the actor losing film roles and being barred from attending the Oscars for ten years. Smith also decided to leave the Academy.
“My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable,” he said in a statement. “The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home.
I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken.”